Biodiversity is life. Conservation is safeguarding this biodiversity and the integrity of the ecosystem services it provides which support global needs. Conservation is a core component amongst all Long Runners. They support the sustainable use of natural resources that safeguards the integrity of the ecosphere. Activities in this dimension address issues related to biodiversity and ecosystem services as well as management of energy, water and waste, land planning and carbon impact reduction, among others.
Ecosphere safety is the maintenance of our planet and all its life-sustaining regions in the healthiest possible state. This means maintaining a healthy balance of conservation, community, culture, and commerce—what the Zeitz Foundation calls the 4Cs. The balance of these 4Cs is at the heart of achieving sustainability. These four dimensions also form the core of the Global Ecosphere Retreats® (GER) certification system. GER® certified Long Run Destinations take the 4Cs to heart, continuously striving to achieve the highest standards across these dimensions of conservation, community, culture, and commerce.